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Making Headway Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders Research, Cancer, Cancer Research, Health, Pediatrics Research

Mission: Making Headway Foundation provides care, comfort and a cure for children with brain and spinal cord tumors while funding medical research geared toward better treatments and a cure.”

Results: Care: At the New York University Langone Medical Center we make the hospital stay more comfortable by enhancing the excellent medical care provided by the doctors, nurses and staff. At the Hassenfeld Children's Cancer Center, the day hospital where children come for treatments, Making Headway provides funding for a psychologist, massage and yoga services and nutritional snacks in the playroom. Comfort: Once the hospital stay has ended, and families are left to cope by themselves, trying to return to a more “normal" life, Making Headway continues its high level of support. Our Ongoing Care Program provides a diverse variety of free-of-charge support services, including support groups, individual psychological counseling and educational advocacy. For parents who have lost children, periodic bereavement groups and assistance with funeral expenses are offered. Family Fun Day, a yacht cruise and a New York City show are free of charge to the families. Cure: Making Headway's mission also encompasses the search for better treatments and a cure. We fund basic medical research, a Clinical Trials Manager to oversee all ongoing and new trials, training fellowships and a Biorepository Center that provides brain tumor tissue samples to researchers around the world.

Target demographics: Children with Pediatric Brain or Spinal Cord Tumor

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000+ Children diagnosed with cancer

Geographic areas served: NY, NJ, CT

Programs: Support services for during treatment, ongoing care post treatment and funding for medical research.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 justamom17

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 7 in 1998. She is now 23 and recently graduated college. I don't know how we would have made this journey without the help and support of the Making Headway Foundation. They give you hope and vision for better days, and when days are bleak they are there to hold your hand and help you bear that weight. They also support research looking to the future for better treatments and cures.

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Catherine Lepone Thank you so much. Your family re-pays us in many ways and we are grateful to have you as part of the Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great charity doing wonderful work. Tireless effort comes from this staff to help as many as they can. Great job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Inspiring work. Way to go and keep it up! It certainly is life changing.

Luisa G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Making headway is an amazing organization it has provided me and my son with love and that wormth you only get at home. We look forward to seeing maya every Tuesday and Thursday she is that angel that just with her presence fills us with security and comfort. Making Headway has been and will continue to be a big part of our Jurney. God Bless them all!!!

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Catherine Lepone 06/14/2013

Thank you, Luisa!

Laura82

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been invovled with Making Headway through fundraising efforts over the last 14 years. The people from the foundation who have participated in our annual Walk A Thon are all wonderful, giving people who have made a difference in the lives of the family members and friends of our angel, Elizabeth, who fought a tough fight before going to heaven in 1997. Making Headway is an inspirational, supportive community of people that will always be part of my life in memory of Elizabeth.

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Catherine Lepone 11/09/2012

Thank you, Laura. We appreciate all you have done to support Making Headway Foundation.